Jorhat deputy commissioner Roshani A Korati supervising the evacuation of the those tested positive from quarantine centre to JMCH Credit: EastMojo image

Tinsukia: A 9-year-old boy from Assam’s Jorhat town, who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier on Sunday — the 96th case in the state — was one of the seven contacts and also a relative of Sivasagar patient Abdul Samim who tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Saturday.

The nine-year-old boy, who travelled in the same bus with Samim from Delhi, is a resident of ward number 3 of upper Assam’s Jorhat town.

Speaking with EastMojo, Jorhat deputy commissioner Roshni A Korati said, “The district administration had evacuated Samim and all his seven contacts, who accompanied him from Delhi, and shifted them to Jorhat Medical College and Hospital on Sunday morning immediately after Samim’s report tested positive.”

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“Samim, a student of Delhi University, was accompanied by seven passengers, including a few relatives, at the time he reached Jorhat on May 14,” Roshani said, adding “Two of them, including Samim, are from Geleky in Sivasagar district, one is from Barapathar in Charaideo district and five from Jorhat town. All of them were kept at the quarantine facility at Kaziranga University ever since they reached Jorhat.”

Roshani said that the swab samples of all eight of them, who are asymptomatic, had been collected. “Two have tested positive so far, while test results of the remaining six are awaited.”

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On May 9, two women and the driver of the ambulance, who had come from Mumbai to Jorhat, had tested positive for COVID 19. The women are being treated at JMCH while the driver, who had already left the state by the time the test reports came, was intercepted at Bihar.

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